Engagement sessions are always wonderful and fun, getting to know a couple in that excited time when they’re planning and thinking ahead to their big day. But sometimes I meet a bride with whom I have more in common than usual, Amy loves pup Lance (who was Rob’s dog before he met Amy) and her cat Miso so much, she’s sweet and genuine and she’s on her way to becoming a military wife when she marries Rob.
I learned a lot about these two as I strolled with them in the perfect morning light of Virginia Beach. First, they both rocked the session! And they brought their lab mix Lance, who was such a calm and good boy. Probably the most dignified lab I have ever met! Maybe that has something to with his parents’ inner strength. Amy and Rob met online and had only two dates before Rob was deployed for seven months. Even though their relationship was new, they both worked through the difficulties of separation, staying in touch regularly and supporting one another. Rob flew Amy out to Dubai to celebrate her birthday with him while he was in port. I know how much even a short amount of time together can mean during a long deployment…and that trip confirmed their feelings. When Rob found out he’d be away an extra month, they took it in stride. And they’ve been dating ever since.
Rob proposed…and pulled it off beautifully without a script or plan! At the gazebo by the Chapel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. For Christmas, his mother gave Amy a special ornament in the shape of the Naval Academy Chapel. A beautiful and meaningful keepsake indeed. I can’t wait for Amy’s bridal session! I will get to meet Miso the cat, whose presence has been especially requested by the big-hearted bride!
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Hello everyone, and happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s already February, incredible how time flies! I’m delighted to begin 2017 by sharing a bit about my recent engagement session with Brooke and Brad. These two were so warm and relaxed, an absolute pleasure to photograph! I got to watch them share so many beautiful moments. Several times they started giggling just looking at each other, which was really fun and wonderful to see!
Brooke and Brad met through mutual friends at the end of their freshman year at the University of South Carolina. Halfway through sophomore year, they were a bundle! Hehehe And the story of Brad’s proposal is too sweet not to share! The two were strolling through the USC campus on their way to a baseball game, when Brooke got a call from one of the friends they were going to meet. It was just a heads-up, some construction on campus meant they would have to detour through the historic horseshoe. But halfway across the horseshoe, Brad got down on one knee and asked Brooke to marry him! When she looked up, Brooke saw friends and family appearing all around the horseshoe, including their pup Maverick, who was supposed to be at home in Charlotte! Such an incredibly sweet surprise!!
Our session took place at Carrigan Farms in Moorseville, NC. If you’re not familiar with this property, go visit! The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, with so many different settings for photos. Brooke’s stunning red dress was an elegant pop of color against the gorgeous scenery. And need I say I fell in love with Maverick? Adorable!!! Golden Retrievers are the best! Although I have to admit I’m biased, my fur-baby Ronon is a Golden too! Below is a sneak peek of their stunning Carrigan Farms engagement photos! I cannot wait for their wedding!
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Carolina Inn Wedding Chapel Hill

We all know how it feels to breathe a sigh of relief when something in life feels right, deep down. There’s a sense of quiet joy, a feeling of warmth and good will, of being at peace. Watching Jessica and Richard on their wedding day, it was clear that they were both exactly where they are meant to be! There is something about the way they look at each other…something special that I don’t see very often. Surrounded by loved ones who support them and are proud of them, they tied the knot in a beautiful December ceremony at The Carolina Inn that will lift my heart for many days to come.
I’ve known Jessica and Richard for a few months now. I was delighted to work on their engagement session back in September. We spent a very pleasant afternoon together on the Eno River, and I got to meet their sweet pups Charlie and Ellie! And of course I learned how their family and friends played cupid for them (they were both doing residencies at UNC and were quite busy at the start of their courtship), so sweet! Jessica mentioned that she felt drawn to my work because she could see the emotion and love in my photos (an amazing compliment!). She said she wanted to capture the same kinds of memories on her own wedding day, so I knew from the start that I would love working with these two!
Jessica and Richard’s friend Sophie (one of their primary matchmakers) officiated in a very meaningful and personal ceremony. The bride was beyond stunning, the picture of elegance and grace. After the ceremony, Jessica and Richard kept stealing happy glances at one another. I could tell it was just beginning to sink in for them that they had finally done it…they were husband and wife! Absolutely beautiful. And I must mention their cake! They both love canoeing, so the top of the cake was a canoe sculpture! A unique touch that celebrated one of the many things they share. This was truly the perfect way for me to wrap up my 2016 wedding season! Thank you Jessica and Richard! I wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year! Carolina Inn Wedding Chapel HillCarolina Inn Wedding Chapel HillCarolina Inn Wedding Chapel HillCarolina Inn Wedding Chapel Hillwinter wedding ideaswinter wedding ideaswinter wedding ideas

Thanks Sally Oakley Weddings & Events, so wonderful to work with you! Such a perfect day!

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Thanks my dear friend Becci Ames for jumping in last minute after my original second photographer fractured her ankle (poor her!) and shooting this wedding with me! You are an amazing friend and truly talented!

Coordinator: Sally Oakley Wedding & Events / Venue and catering: The Carolina Inn / Florist: Victoria Park / Cake Artist: Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop / Ceremony and reception music: Steve Stowe with DJ Bunn / Hair and Make-up: Wedding Hair by Liz / Wedding Dress Allure Bridals purchased at New York Bride and Groom of Raleigh / Veil: purchased at New York Bride and Groom of Raleigh / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux